Compiled by Mike Bickle
The apostle John gazes on 15 dimensions of the transcendent beauty of the Father’s Throne.
“I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. In the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes. The first living creature was like a lion, the 2nd was like a calf, the 3rd had a face like a man, and the 4th was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wing . . . they do not rest day or night, saying: ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!'”
The apostle John sees the Jesus in the glory of His resurrected humanity.
“I heard a loud voice, as of a trumpet, saying, ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,’ . . . I saw 7 golden lampstands, in the midst of the 7 lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters. He had in His right hand 7 stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. He laid His right hand on me, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death'”
John sees the Bridegroom King with the saints making war against the nations that rebel against God.
“… heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. The armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Revelation 19:11-16).
The Holy Spirit shows John the Eternal Bridal City.
“I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice . . . saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.’ And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain. He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ He said, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. (the angel said), ‘I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.’ He showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem . . . having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. She had a great and high wall. The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, and amethyst. The 12 gates were 12 pearls . . . the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass . . . for the glory of God illuminated it. THE LAMB IS ITS LIGHT (Revelation 21:2-24).
“He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street . . . was the tree of life . . . His servants shall serve Him. THEY SHALL SEE HIS FACE, and His name shall be on their foreheads . . . the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever” (Rev. 22:1-5).
Daniel sees the Father’s Throne and Jesus’ victory with the saints over the Antichrist’s kingdom at end of the age.
“I watched till thrones were put in place, and the Ancient of Days was seated; His garment was white as snow, and the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, its wheels a burning fire; A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; 10,000 times 10,000 stood before Him . . . behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed . . . the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever. . . the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them . . . until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. He . . . shall persecute the saints of the Most High . . . Then the saints shall be given into his hand for a time . . . But the court shall be seated, and they shall take away his dominion . . . Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High” (Revelation 7:9-27).
Isaiah sees the Lord high and lifted up.
“I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. Above it stood seraphim; each had 6 wings: with 2 he covered his face, with 2 he covered his feet, and with 2 he flew. And one cried to another and said: ‘HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS THE LORD OF HOSTS; THE WHOLE EARTH IS FULL OF HIS GLORY!’ And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke. So I said: ‘Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.’ Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. And he touched my mouth with it, and said: ‘Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.’ I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I! Send me.’ He said, ‘Go, and tell this people . . .'” (Isaiah 6:1-9).
Ezekiel sees the glory of Jesus on His Throne.
“… behold, a whirlwind coming out of the north, a great cloud with raging fire engulfing itself; and brightness was all around it and radiating out of its midst like the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. . . from within it came . . . 4 living creatures. They sparkled like the color of burnished bronze . . . their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like . . . torches. Fire was going back and forth among the living creatures; the fire was bright, and out of the fire went lightning. The living creatures ran back and forth, in appearance like a flash of lightning. The likeness of the firmament above . . . the living creatures was like the color of an awesome crystal . . . Above the firmament . . . was the likeness of A THRONE, in appearance like a sapphire stone; on the likeness of the Throne was . . . the appearance of A MAN high above it. His waist and upward I saw . . . the color of amber with . . . fire all around within it; and from . . . His waist and downward . . . fire with brightness all around. Like . . . a RAINBOW in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the . . . likeness of the glory of the Lord . . . I fell on my face (above . . . the cherubim . . . like a sapphire stone, having the appearance of the likeness of a throne” (Ezekiel 10:1, 1:4-28).
Moses asks to see God’s glory then God reveals His glory by proclaiming His Name to Moses.
“And he said, ‘Please, show me Your glory.’ Then He said, ‘I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the Name of the LORD before you . . . (Ex. 34) the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the Name of the LORD. The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children” (Exodus 33:18-19; 34:5-7).